Why Sports Medicine for Growing Athletes Matters

Your safety is our priority

Because the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff is a priority, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is:

  • Screening all patients and visitors for illness including a temperature check. No sick visitors will be allowed in our facilities.
  • Allowing two caregivers with each patient. No other family or visitors are allowed.
    • Some services within our hospitals continue to have one caregiver limits. These services include hospital radiology and laboratory services, as well as outpatient clinics for transplant, infusion, cancer and blood disorders, and rehabilitation, and our Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation.
  • Requiring everyone to wear a mask at all times during their visit.
  • Practicing social distancing by staying 6 feet away from other patients and visitors.
  • Enhancing cleaning measures.

Because their bones, muscles and bodies are still growing, teen athletes need specialized care after a sports-related injury or illness. So, where you take them matters. The Sports Medicine Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the only programs in the country dedicated exclusively to caring for growing athletes. Our team of pediatric sports medicine experts includes:

  • Sports medicine primary care physicians (PCP)
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Certified athletic trainers
  • Sports physical therapists 

Our experts are trained in age-appropriate techniques and focused on treating sports-related injuries and conditions in elite young athletes.

What Sports Medicine Treats

If your growing athlete has an injury, it’s important they see a sports medicine team trained in pediatrics, and one that understands how to diagnose and care for kids and teens to avoid long-term damage. Our multidisciplinary team develops specialized, effective treatments that return teen athletes to playing their sport as safely and quickly as possible.

We treat growing athletes who have a wide range of sports-related injuries and conditions, including:

Back, neck and spine

Upper body

Lower body

*Denotes an overuse injury. The best way to prevent and recover from any type of overuse is to rest and minimize the activity that is causing pain. It’s also important to use the right equipment and supportive footwear.

Call 404-785-KIDS (5437) for more information.

We Have Specialists For Most Popular Sports

Our sports medicine team understands the sports your teen plays. We have pediatric experts that specialize in:

Our Unique Approach to Sports Medicine

We provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and expert advice for growing athletes with injuries and conditions that affect sports performance. When it comes to young athletes, where you take them matters. Because we only work with kids and teens, we recognize when they're ready to progress to the next level of treatment and how to push them. We use special equipment and technology to find and correct techniques and mechanics and improve sport performance. We offer same- and next-day appointments at conveniently located facilities throughout metro Atlanta. 

Specialized treatment and testing

Meet Our Sports Medicine Team

Our Sports Medicine Program, led by orthopedic and sports medicine specialists, including doctors and surgeons who work closely with orthopedic surgeons in the community to help ensure complete, coordinated care is delivered seamlessly at our hospitals for growing athletes with sports medicine needs.

Our program is led by Michael T. Busch, MD, Surgical Director. Our orthopedic quality and outcomes initiatives are led by Crystal Perkins, MD, Medical Director. 

Children's Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Primary Care 

Orthopedic Surgeons

Certified Athletic Trainers

Physical Therapists

Remembering Dr. David Marshall

It is with great sadness that we share Dr. David Marshall, Children’s Medical Director of Sports Medicine and Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine with Children’s Physician Group—Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, passed away suddenly Jan. 15, 2021. Dr. Marshall dedicated his career to caring for kid and teen athletes. We are deeply saddened by this news and our condolences are with his family during this difficult time. The Children’s Sports Medicine Program will continue to provide this same level of care to your children with the help of our wonderful staff of sports medicine physicians and advanced care practitioners.

Meet Our Sports Medicine Patients

Below are some incredible athletes from metro Atlanta who have benefited from our Sports Medicine Program. These strong teens are real patients with real stories. Scroll through to meet Peyton, Carson, Alice and Denzel.

Helpful Sports Medicine Resources

Check out the helpful links below to learn more from our pediatric specialists about how you can recognize, avoid or understand various conditions better, and when to contact an expert.

Schedule an appointment online using MYchart

How to recognize the signs of a concussion

How to avoid 3 types of heat-related illness

What you should know about MRSA and children

GHSA Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Forms

Preparticipation physical history and evaluation form (Spanish)

Preparticipation history supplement - athletes with disabilities

Sports Medicine Locations

Sports medicine primary care physicians and surgeons

Our sports medicine primary care physicians and pediatric orthopedic surgeons see patients at 14 office locations. Make an appointment today

Sports physical therapy 

Our sports physical therapists see patients at our 11 sports medicine gyms.
Make a sports physical therapy appointment today.